Sometimes you need to be a little sneaky to get around website blocks or regional restrictions. You know what's a sneaky animal? Okay, not a bear, but that's the de facto mascot of TunnelBear VPN anyway. Sure is cute, though. At any rate, the app has been updated with a new UI and features.
Pandora is currently rolling out a redesigned version of its Android app that may just cause more than a few double takes. The Internet radio service has looked largely the same on Android for a few years now, but the UI introduced in 5.5 is strikingly different - at first, at least. This change is stark, but it's only surface deep.
The Pandora app has been stripped of its blue gradients. In there place we see solid whites and grays supplemented by blue text and borders. The screen for currently playing music is drastically different from Pandora's old look, though it may bring back memories of Google's Honeycomb music app or Microsoft's Zune. Read More
Adobe has brought EchoSign over to Android, so now workers can use the mobile app to close deals with clients, job applicants can use it to sign contracts, and just about anyone can use it to put their John Hancock on any of the myriad of documents that require a signature. The app lets people e-sign documents using either their fingers or a stylus and/or request signatures from others. Even better, it happens to integrate with a number of cloud storage providers (Google Drive and Box make the list, but Dropbox, oddly, isn't mentioned). It also works with Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, Evernote, and Sharepoint. Read More
Those willing to venture into chrome://flags can often enjoy experimental treats that haven't made it into default circulation yet. One flag in Chrome, brought to our attention by a tipster, enables "answers in suggest," giving users answers to simple questions right in the omnibar. So if for some reason you're wondering what the capital of Maryland is, or the population of the world, you can get the answer without actually performing a search.
This is a feature that's been present in desktop versions of Chrome for a while now, and the Chrome app has been able to provide simple mathematic and unit conversion answers, but this flag seems to enable answers to more types of questions, and emphasizes answers through bolder typography. Read More
Update 2: Google has updated its official list of countries with access to paid Newsstand content, and it looks like Spain is the only other country to get in today. Enjoy your magazines and newspapers, amigos - better luck next time for everyone else.
Update: At least one of our Russian readers says that paid Newsstand content is available in Russia as well. Nasdarovje, Pavel Azroyan! If anyone else sees paid content in a previously unsupported country, check out the Contact page and drop us a line.
Indian readers, today is your lucky day. In addition to the launch of a new global budget smartphone initiative and the promise of downloadable YouTube videos, you're finally getting access to a core Google Play media function. Read More
Nifty language learning app Duolingo is expanding on its usefulness by adding another course for English speakers. Android users can now click on the green birdy app to learn how to say new words in Dutch. The option is accessible along with all of the other courses, which you can see in the screenshot below.
For people who aren't at all interested in learning this particular language, the latest Duolingo update still comes with an added perk. The team says it has reduced the app's size by 20%. Many phones these days come with storage space to spare, but there remain more than few handsets in circulation that would benefit from this type of optimization. Read More
Your Flipboard experience is going to change a little bit today. Users of the social-magazine-thing are going to start seeing full-screen video ads, which Flipboard kindly describes as "a deeper brand moment." It's not as annoying as it seems at first, though.
People have been searching for an easy way to download YouTube videos to Android since... well, probably since the original G1. And sometime in the very near future, Google is prepared to give it to them... if they live in India. Tucked into the promotional materials for Android One's launch was this tidbit about letting users download YouTube videos for watching online later. The idea is for users to download the videos on WiFi and save on data charges or access them when outside of mobile coverage.
Exactly when YouTube will be available offline hasn't been disclosed. It's possible that the feature will roll out worldwide - Google tends to use the same apps across borders, after all. Read More
If you follow developer Jack Underwood (or myself) on Google+, you're probably aware that Today Calendar, a calendar replacement that has traditionally put streamlined, pleasing design at the center of its mission, is undergoing a full redesign in anticipation of Android's L release and inspired by Google's new design guidelines.
Until now, testing has been limited to a small community of intrepid early adopters, but today the app has entered a public beta through the Play Store.
As Underwood explains in a post to Google+, the beta does not contain any Android L APIs since Google currently doesn't allow developers to distribute apps reliant on L code through the Play Store. Read More